Witness and Responsibility focuses on how artists interact with testimony related to catastrophic and traumatic events.

Originally created for theatre professionals in collaboration with USC’s Shoah Foundation Institute, the initiative has expanded to include artists from all disciplines, as well as scientists, and social scientists.

Is it possible for artistic response to have a measurable effect in the realm of individual healing, transformation of audience perception and, ultimately, public policy?

APRIL 8 to 11, 2013

Imaging Genocide: Artistic Responses to Mass Violence

Presented as part of USC’s Genocide Awareness Week, three events organized by the USC Shoah Foundation will explore artistic responses to genocide, highlighting the ability of creative expression to shine light in the darkness and give voice to silence. The events will reveal the power of the arts to communicate messages of survival and hope in the face of great tragedy.

Denouncing Violence Against Women Opening Reception and Discussion

Monday, April 8, 2013 : 5:30pm - 7:30pm - USC Fisher Gallery

Presented as part of USC’s Genocide Awareness Week, a student-curated exhibition will feature art from the Center for the Study of Political Graphics, including posters related to the genocides in Armenia, Congo, Guatemala and Rwanda, as well as the Holocaust and the murders of the women of Juárez.  More details »

Artistic Responses to Mass Violence, Storytelling and


Tuesday, April 9, 2013 : 7:00pm - USC Ground Zero

Playwright Catherine Filloux  and activist-performer Yvette Rugasaguhunga and present

short theatrical pieces about the Rwandan and Cambodian genocides. Following the

performance, a conversation will explore the power of theatre and storytelling to raise

awareness and inspire global audiences. 

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The Elida Schogt Trilogy

Film Screening and Closing Reception

Thursday, April 11, 2013 : 7:00pm

Elida Schogt will screen and discuss her dynamic trilogy of films—Silent Song, The Walnut Tree and Zyklon Portrait—which explores the Holocaust through an abstract lens, offering an innovative artistic response to mass atrocities.

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